So on Friday night I was up late watching TV. Pretty lit Friday, I know. I was surfing around the guide when I stumbled across a Treehouse Masters marathon. Perfect. I’m a big fan of the show and watch it every time I come across it. Once I was 4 or 5 episodes into the marathon I tweeted this
I should say that whenever I tweet something I always have a rough estimate in my head for how many Likes I think it’s going to get. That might seem like a weird thing to do but it’s not that weird when you’re a blogger. The internet is my job. I wanna be good at it and one of the ways to track the success or failure of my job as an internet purveyor is Likes on tweets. Anyway. I thought my tweet about Treehouse Masters would garner around 11 or 12 Likes. I was SUPER wrong. It’s currently sitting at over 700+ Likes. Samsonite. I was way off!
The more I thought about it the more I realized that Treehouse Masters isn’t an underrated show. It’s that its host, the lovable and charismatic Pete Nelson, is the most underrated superstar on television.
Lemme tell you why. Before I do that, this is the Wikipedia description of Treehouse Masters:
(I made some minor edits to the description. More on that in a second)
Treehouse Masters is an American reality television series that airs on Animal Planet. Each episode, custom treehouses are built for clients across the country.
That sounds like an okay show. Not a bad show. Not a great show. Certainly not a show that has much longevity. I mean come on, how many times are people gonna want to watch a treehouse get made? Seems tedious. A show like that would last maybe two seasons. Well guess what? Treehouse Masters kicked off it’s TENTH season in January. 10th! How the hell did that happen? How is the show at 74 episodes and counting?
Here’s the unedited description of the show:
Treehouse Masters is an American reality television series that airs on Animal Planet and stars Pete Nelson, a master treehouse builder and owner of Nelson Treehouse and Supply. Each episode, Nelson and his team design and build custom treehouses for clients across the country.
Pete mother fucking Nelson is how. Pete puts the show on his back every single week and he delivers every single week. Don’t get me wrong. Treehouse Masters is a cool show. Despite what I said at the beginning of the blog, the premise does work. Cause you know who loves treehouse? Everybody, that’s who. Every kid grows up hoping a miniature house will appear in the tree in his or her backyard. A place they can escape from the big bad real world. So a show about fully grown adults plopping down tens of thousands of dollars to reclaim their childhood is a winning formula. No doubt.
But Pete Nelson is the straw that stirs the drink. He’s the reason the show has made it this long. He’s goofy. He’s lovable. He’s charming. He’s a goofy dad. He’s passionate. He’s actually the most passionate person I’ve ever seen. No one loves anything as much as Pete Nelson loves trees. You see the “no one loves anything as much as (blank) loves (blank)” expression all the time but it’s true with Pete and trees. Watch one episode and that will become crystal clear.
To put it plainly, he’s a superstar. Pete Nelson dragging a show about treehouses to ten seasons is like if LeBron James had actually beat the Spurs in the 2007 Finals instead of getting swept. It’s a Herculean feat. The show hits the exact same beats every episode (Pete getting a “surprise” phone call every week to help someone repair their treehouse is the best) and yet I’m still yearning for more Treehouse Masters. That’s all Pete.
This blog isn’t an ad. We didn’t sign an advertisement deal with Animal Planet. I just want Pete Nelson to know he’s appreciated. That’s all. He’s a television superstar hiding in plain sight on television. I hope Treehouse Masters goes for 40 seasons and it just might happen as long as Pete is around.